Improving Graham McCormack vows to do himself justice on Celtic Clash 6


Graham McCormack hasn’t quite called for peace but the Limerick light middleweight is determined to avoid a war when he fights for the third time as a pro on the ‘Celtic Clash 6’ card.

The southpaw’s first two fights have been entertaining to say the least but, while the back-and-forth all action affairs have proved a brilliant watch for the neutral, McCormack’s fans and team may want a duller and more routine victory.

Indeed, the fighter himself wants to trade on skill and not will in Dublin on July 14th at the Good Counsel GAA Club.

After being drawn into scraps with Richard Baba and Jozsef Takacs, the Boxing Ireland fighter believes he hasn’t shown his true ability, something McCormack hopes to do while making a step up this Summer.

“I feel I haven’t really done myself justice. I just went in and went to war so I’m looking forward to showing my boxing skills this time against a step up,” McCormack told Irish-Boxing.com.

“I have no opponent announced yet, but I’m sure it will be a tough test and I’m looking forward to a step up in opposition.” 

Key to McCormack developing as a pro is learning to keep his ‘throwdown’ desire under wraps.

The Stephen Sharpe-managed pugilist is will undergo his third camp under the watchful eye of former Irish champion Eddie Hyland and Tommy McCormack and he believes he is continually improving.

“I’m settling in nicely to the pro game but I’m still only new to it, so I’m learning every step of the way. Eddie has shown me so much and it’s really benefiting my boxing.”

“Like I said, I want to show that I can box and not just go in and throw the game plan out the window.  I’m learning a lot especially how to keep calm and not get lost in the moment.” 

While ‘The G-Train’ McCormack has been a welcome addition to the pro circuit in the ring, so have his fans outside of it.

The boisterous support have really added to the shows he has competed on to date and in the smaller confines of Good Counsel GAA club he expects their impact to be greater.

“The last show [at Good Counsel] was electric and I’m really looking forward to bringing the Limerick army up there. The atmosphere was brilliant last time and I said to the lads that were with me that I can’t wait to box here next time out, so I’m really looking forward to it,” he added before revealing he is more focused going into his second fight of 2018. 

“I just can’t wait to get back into the ring fully focused. I had a lot going on outside of boxing last time I boxed and it kind of affected me but this time I’m fully focused. No distractions, I’m ready to put on a great show for myself and my supporters.”

There is added excitement for McCormack going into the sixth installment of the Celtic Clash series. Due to a hand injury, the initial June 16th date was too soon for the Limerick fighter but mid July is just perfect and has afforded him the chance to extend his winning start to pro life.

“I was off the June show with damaged ligaments in my right hand, an injury I picked up in my last fight, but I gave it four weeks no punching and it’s feeling great now. I am all set to go again in July.”

“I’m really excited to be out again. I want to say a big thanks to my management team for keeping me active. I was a bit worried over my hand I thought I’d have to wait a while but my hand is healing nicely so I cannot wait to get back in there.”

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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